according to the SGI website
Distracted driving continues to be a problem in Saskatchewan. It is the number 1 contributing factor in collisions overall and one of the top 3 factors in fatal collisions.
Driving while drowsy is also dangerous because it reduces your attentiveness and increases the time it takes to react to potential hazards.
The most common driver distractions include:
- using a hand-held electronic device like a cellphone or smartphone
- eating and drinking
- talking to passengers
- reading, including maps
- using a navigation system or GPS
- watching a video
- adjusting a radio, CD or MP3 player
According to sgi website
- Drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who don’t.
- Talking on a cellphone makes the driver 3 to 6 times more likely to be in a collision.
the cost of a first-time ticket will more than double; repeat offenders to pay even more
Drivers in Saskatchewan who make the unsafe decision to drive while distracted will soon be paying more for a ticket, with escalating fines for repeat offenses within a 12-month period. Changes take effect Feb. 1, 2020.
Driver distraction or inattention is one of the top causes of collisions, injuries and fatalities on Saskatchewan roads. In 2018, it was a factor in more than 6,000 collisions, 774 injuries, and 22 deaths.
Hand-held devices are prohibited for the learner, novice and experienced drivers, although experienced drivers can use hands-free functions on mounted devices through voice commands or one-touch